Dear God,
with you everything is possible.
Let the cup of war,
killing, and destruction,
the cup of bloodshed,
human anguish and desolation,
the cup of torture,
breakage in human relationships and abandonment....
Dear God,
let this cup pass us by.
We are afraid.
We are trembling in the depths of our being.
We feel the sweat and tears
of thousands of people all over the world,
people who are afraid --
afraid to fight,
afraid to kill,
afraid of being killed,
afraid of an uncertain future.

Henri J. M. Nouwen in Peace Prayers by Carrie Leadingham, Hilary M. Vartanian, Joann E. Moschella